Ohhh We’re Halfway There…

Ohh ohhhh living on the treadmill.  Doesn’t rhyme, but that seems like a more fitting version of the song for right now.  However, I did finally get some runs outside this past week!  7 weeks of half marathon training down, 7 weeks to go.

My coughing was pretty bad during these treadmill runs this week, but I’m slowly weening myself off the cough-drops.


Have a look at this past week’s training:

Monday – 8.25 miles in 1:06:15 (8:01 avg pace)

This was a pretty average run on the treadmill – 8 miles normal + .25 hard to finish.  Just made up a little pattern of increasing and decreasing speeds.

Tuesday – 6 miles in 49:20 (8:13 avg pace)

Again, treadmill-ing it up.  This was supposed to be 7 miles, but I was not having it.  Figured it was OK to shorten a little after being sick last week.  To soothe my cough, I bought a little pint of my favorite ice cream….


I also justified it because it was Valentine’s day the past weekend so I needed to treat myself since nobody else was going to.

Wednesday – 9 miles w/ 2 x 2 miles tempo

This workout ended up being tougher than I hoped.  My mile repeats went really well last week (6:44 pace for each, on the ‘mill) and I planned to do these closer to race pace.  It was still way too cold out so this was done on the treadmill.  I started with a 2.5 mile easy warm-up, then went into my first 2 mile tempo keeping the pace at 7:08.  It was hard towards the end, but I got through it.  After an easy half mile at 7.0 (8:34 pace), I started the 2nd tempo and made it only half mile before mentally giving up and hitting the big red stop button….

I took a bathroom break and came back to the treadmill thinking I’d just finish up a few more miles at a normal pace.  After a half mile at 7.5 (8:00 pace), I decided to “woman-up” and do the 2nd tempo segment.  I even set the pace for this one at 7:03 and got through the whole thing!  The last mile of it was rougher than I would’ve like though.  But it was done.  And that is what’s important.


(I read in Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In that this quote is on the wall at the Facebook office, so I think about it sometime in regards to both running and my work and this blog.)

Technically, my plan said to do 2 or 3 x 2 mile so I didn’t “over”achieve like I would’ve liked to, but it was still a solid 9 mile run and I proved to myself that I COULD do it, even after moments of doubt.

Thursday – 6.6 miles in 53:50 (8:06 avg pace) + SoulCycle class

The plan for Thursday was 10 miles, but I had a SoulCycle class planned with a vendor for work at 7:30pm.  So I left the office with just enough time to get home and get in 10 miles, but I soon realized that due to my fatigued leg’s from Wednesday’s workout and the extremely strong winds, I definitely wasn’t going to make it 10 miles.  But since I had the SoulCycle class scheduled, I figured the combo of a shorter run + the class would suffice.

Friday – OFF

I had run the past 6 days straight and I was really feeling the past few hard days, so Friday seemed like a great day to take off of running/working out.  It helped knowing that Sunday would be much better weather than Friday too.

Saturday – 13.35 miles in 1:46:00 (7:56 avg pace)

Sunday – 5.5 miles in 42:30 (7:44 avg pace)

TOTAL – 48.7 miles + 1 SoulCycle class

Getting close to 50 miles in a week!!  Fun fact: I’ve only run over 50 miles in a week once, during the summer of 2009 and that was because I ran 7 days that week.  My next highest and the only other time I ran more miles in a week than this past week was one week during the fall of 2013 when I did 2 20-mile runs in the same week while training for the Chicago Marathon.


Good thing I was blogging regularly back then so I can go back and read about those 2 long runs here and here.

So yeah, big things ahead now that I’m actually committing to the mileage and following through on it.  Usually I’m just a lot of talk and not a lot of follow-through.

Have you ever quit in the middle of a workout and then end up getting back in the zone to finish?

What is a quote that has resonated with you lately?

What is your PR for highest weekly mileage?

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